Barnes & Noble plans big (e-reader?) event

October 14, 2009

Brace yourself for the next salvo in the battle of the ebook readers (or electronic reading devices, or e-reader, or whatever you want to call them).

Barnes & Noble is planning a “major event” next Tuesday in New York to announce a mystery… something.

The bookseller won’t say exactly what it will announce, but we’d be surprised if its NOT a digital book reader, to compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader series.

In fact, Gizmodo says it has the goods on the device — which it says has “a multi-touch display like an iPhone” — and picture of the device. Click the link and take a look.

What do you think of this device (which may or may not be the actual product)? For that matter, what do you think about e-readers? Are you ready to buy one?

Let us know in the comment area.

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I recently bought myself an e-reader and can only say that its a great gadget. I get two of my favourite magazines delivered online and its great for the environment as well.

I don’t have one yet, but probably will within the next year.

I read an article a few months ago that showed that economically, the New York Times could save money by buying every subscriber a Kindle and distributing the newspaper exclusively via Kindle. (3 out of 4 forests would appreciate such a move as well!). Truth is, no more than about 20% of the US Population is mentally ready to ditch paper forever, but I strongly predict our great grandkids are going to wonder why we were so enamored with wood pulp.